swad·​dle | \ ˈswä-dᵊl How to pronounce swaddle (audio) \
swaddled; swaddling\ ˈswäd-​liŋ How to pronounce swaddle (audio) , ˈswä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of swaddle

transitive verb

1a : to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes
b : envelop, swathe legs swaddled in bandages
2 : restrain, restrict marriage … swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe— Nina Auerbach

Examples of swaddle in a Sentence

He swaddled the baby in a blanket.
Recent Examples on the Web Who can resist a character who gallantly proffers her Hermès silk scarf to swaddle a newborn? Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2021 Gill likes to make the sabzi for her daughters and swaddle it inside warm pita, or another tender bread, to make thick, satisfying wraps. New York Times, 26 May 2021 Odfjell Vineyards, Orzada Carignan, Maule, 2018, $22 Concentrated black fruits swaddle the brooding feral, heart of this earthy Carignan. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Part of that is having a fantastic costume team ready with robes and hot water bottles and standing by to swaddle them in between. Jean Bentley, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2021 The Ngaba technique requires individuals to swaddle themselves in quilts and wire to ensure they won’t be saved. Dina Temple-raston, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 Every spring, Florida’s shoreline welcomes a swath of seaworthy visitors: female leatherback turtles, crawling ashore to swaddle their eggs in the sand. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Apr. 2020 In the shot, the little girl looked up at the camera as she was swaddled in a white blanket with a pink hat on her head. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 7 Nov. 2019 The camera moves toward the crying babies, one swaddled in black, the other in white. Darren Franich, EW.com, 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of swaddle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swaddle

Middle English swadelen, swathelen, probably alteration of swedelen, swethelen, from swethel swaddling band, from Old English; akin to Old English swathian to swathe

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“Swaddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swaddle. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swaddle

: to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.

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